Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 5:31 PM (in response to Joseph Grcar)
Yes. I bought a MB Air Superdrive for use with my 2009 mini when its internal drive died. Works great, and the insert/eject mechanism is much faster. I eventually got my internal drive replaced under warranty (10 days to spare), but I still prefer the external superdrive since it's so much snappier when inserting/ejecting.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 8:43 PM (in response to Joseph Grcar)
I went to the Genus bar at my local Apple store. They tried a lot of stuff. My mini was puchased in January 2009. Bottom line is, the OS on the mini and the computer inside the superdrive are configured so that the superdrive only works with minis that do not have internal optical disks. Bottom line, the external superdrive only works with the "server" version of the mini. The Apple store recommended looking at Best Buy for a cheap external optical drive that is compatible with the mac. There are some from LG for as little as $49. So thanks Apple, at least the Genius guys can figure it out. I called Apple sales before buying my superdrive and they assured me it would work with the mini.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 9:23 PM (in response to Joseph Grcar)
Be careful to check the spec's, not all LG's support Mac OS X.
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Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 8:49 AM (in response to Joseph Grcar)
Joseph Grcar wrote:
I went to the Genus bar at my local Apple store. They tried a lot of stuff. [...] So thanks Apple, at least the Genius guys can figure it out.
That's odd. I have the same OS level, same machine (Intel iMac late 2009) and it works fine with both drives connected. I would say the geniuses were, ah, mistaken. The reason I went with the Apple drive (besides the looks, which matches reasonably well - but it is smaller) is that I didn't have to worry about compatibility or lack thereof. And it was less bother than me prying open the Mini and replacing the internal drive myself. Turns out my warranty was still good enough for an internal replacement, but as I said, I'm liking the new superdrive more anyway.
Maybe the superdrive you have is defective. In the "lot of stuff" they did, did they try connecting another drive? Using other USB ports? Trying on a different mini?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 9:51 AM (in response to JustSomeGuy)
I am interested in your situation. My mac mini is a "Macmini2,1" according to the "about this mac" hardware overview. My machine never had a superdrive only the cdrom burner. Your machine evidently had some more either hardware or software. If you could please give me copies of the hardware and software overview I will take it back to the genius bar. They were willing to upgrade my OS if necessary.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 4:20 PM (in response to JustSomeGuy)
Yes, they connected my drive to a macbook air and it worked. Thanks!
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Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 11:16 AM (in response to Joseph Grcar)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 3:39 PM (in response to Gerry Brown)
Final word on macbook air superdrive with mac mini. The people at the genius bar showed me an internal apple advisory that said the external drive would not work with mac minis built prior to the mini refresh that occurred in early 2009.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 4:17 PM (in response to JustSomeGuy)
You need to pay closer attention. He said that he bought his mini in JAN 2009. He has a Mid 2007 Mac mini. His is not the same model as yours, in fact your is two models after his. The superdrive in question will not work with his Mac mini. Unless he takes the risky hack of the OS suggested below.'09 Mac mini, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Mac OS X (10.7.3), iOS (5.0.1) Mac fanboi since 1984!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 9:12 PM (in response to Dah•veed)
Read the WHOLE link. It's a simple change to a prefs file. Not dangerous at all.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 11:03 PM (in response to Gerry Brown)
Not dangerous at all.
You are certainly entitled to that opinion. Playing with kext files can wreck havoc on the OS, it can be risky. It isn't a preference file, it is a driver file. And there is no guarantee that his older mini, that predates the drive, can use it even with the hack. This drive has no external power supply, it draws its power through the USB port and it needs more power than the standard 500mA @ 5V = 2.5 W that most USB 2 ports can offer. I'm not familiar with his Mid 2007 Mac mini's USB ports, so even if the hack of the driver kext file was executed properly, his mini may still not physically be able to power and use the drive.'09 Mac mini, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Mac OS X (10.7.3), iOS (5.0.1) Mac fanboi since 1984!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 5:32 AM (in response to Dah•veed)
Good grief! Read the entire article, INCLUDING COMMENTS. It's a change to a PREFS file. Also, if the USB pulls too much power, the driver will shut it down.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 7:20 AM (in response to Gerry Brown)
Guys, I appreciate your exchange of comments, but what should I do?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 7:23 AM (in response to Joseph Grcar)
By the way, big brother is whatching this dicussion. You will note that my email of May 8, 2012 4:20 PM was edited by Apple because it contained some stuff the Genius Bar told me that Apple does not want to have disclosed.